Looking for a VT-X enabled Cloud Desktop

Is anyone aware of a Cloud Desktop solution that I can use to provide a VMWare Workstation 14 based Virtualisation lab environment for students?

We want to provide a cloud desktop to the student with 32GB RAM

Can Citrix XenDesktop (cloud offering) do this?

AWS Workspaces doesn't provide nested virtualisation (vt-x disabled). However, can build a solution utilising AWS i3.metal instance. Unfortunately this is not available in Australia at this point in time.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Azure support nested VMs
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Oracle Ravello. - https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/ravello

Much easier to setup than a Tenancy with Azure, and a Domain Controller!
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
No need for a Domain Controller! Nothing is easier that Azure!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need a Domain Controller for AD Authentication if you want to create a Tenancy and create lots of student accounts, so Students can access a managed Lab you've created for them, or a Read Only DC linked to your current AD Domain.

If you just want to let Students create their own accounts that's simple, they can just sign up for free accounts.

With Oracle Ravello, a Lab can be designed, and you just give them Access via their personal email address. Setup in Oracle Ravello is much quicker for Student based Labs.
Kapila JayasingheAuthor Commented:
Azure D and E V3 seems to allow nested virtualization. Testing a few scenarios at the moment. However, Oracle's Ravello is quite appealing. Will set up a test tomorrow. Thanks, Andrew and Shaun for the suggestions
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
There's Azure AD and Azure DS for that
Kapila JayasingheAuthor Commented:
Shaun, looks like Azure only supports nested virtualization for Hyper-V only. VMWare Workstation fails to deploy 64bit guest operating systems
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would personally switch ESXi for VMware Workstation.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Shaun, looks like Azure only supports nested virtualization for Hyper-V only.
Definitely not. I have used KVM in Azure
Kapila JayasingheAuthor Commented:
Shaun, getting a strange error from VMWare Workstation 14. See attached. Hyper-V role is disabled

Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Try this then reboot
bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

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Kapila JayasingheAuthor Commented:
Shaun, this didn't help too. However, Azure v3 Ubuntu VM's work as expected. Will do more testing to try and get W10 working
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